Mother of God: a history of the Virgin Mary

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How did the Virgin Mary, about whom very little is said in the Gospels, become one of the most powerful and complex religious figures in the world? To arrive at the answers to this far-reaching question, one of our foremost medieval historians, Miri Rubin, investigates the ideas, practices, and images that have developed around the figure of Mary from the earliest decades of Christianity to around the year 1600. Drawing on an extraordinarily wide range of sources—including music, poetry, theology, art, scripture, and miracle tales—Rubin reveals how Mary became so embedded in our culture that it is impossible to conceive of Western history without her.

In her rise to global prominence, Mary was continually remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees. Rubin shows how early Christians endowed Mary with a fine ancestry; why in early medieval Europe her roles as mother, bride, and companion came to the fore; and how the focus later shifted to her humanity and unparalleled purity. She also explores how indigenous people in Central America, Africa, and Asia remade Mary and so fit her into their own cultures.

Beautifully written and finely illustrated, this book is a triumph of sympathy and intelligence. It demonstrates Mary’s endless capacity to inspire and her profound presence in Christian cultures and beyond.

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table_of_contents Part I. From Temple Maiden to the Bearer of God: to the Year 431: -- 1. The earliest glimpses of Mary -- 2. Mary in a Christian empire -- 3. Versions of Mary -- 4. Mary of the imperial state -- Part II. From the Eastern Mediterranean to the Irish Sea: to the Year 1000: -- 5. Mary of the Christian empire -- 6. Beyond the Greek world -- 7. The emergence of European Mary -- Part III. The Emergence of Mary's Hegemony: 1000-1200: -- 8. Mary of the cloister -- 9. Mary of polemic and encounter -- 10. Abundance and ubiquity -- Part IV. Mary, Local and Familiar: 1200-1400: -- 11. Mary in liturgy, song and prayer -- 12. Mary, the friars, and the mother tongue -- 13. Teaching Mary in parish and home -- 14. Mary's miracles as reward and punishment -- 15. Mary at the foot of the cross -- 16. Mary and women, Mary and men -- Part V. Mary as Queen and Reformer: 1400-1500: -- 17. Mary the sublime -- 18. Mary: unlike any other -- 19. Mary of parish practice and family life -- 20. Mary: a world of devotional possibilities -- Part VI. Mary Reformed, Mary Global: 1500 and Beyond: -- 21. Mary of reform and Reformation -- 22. From Europe to the rest of the world -- 23. Mary in a world of neighbouring diversity -- After Mary: a conclusion -- A few comments on scholarship and reading.
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